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The Federal Labor Relations Authority oversees the Federal service labormanagement relations program. It administers the law that protects the right of employees of the Federal Government to organize, bargain collectively, and participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in decisions affecting them. The Authority also ensures compliance with the statutory rights and obligations of Federal employees and the labor organizations that represent them in their dealings with Federal agencies.

Activities

The Federal Labor Relations Authority was created as an independent establishment by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective January 1, 1979, pursuant to Executive Order 12107 of December 28, 1978, to consolidate the central policymaking functions in Federal labor-management relations. Its duties and authority are specified in title VII (Federal Service Labor-Management Relations) of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 7101-7135).

The Authority provides leadership in establishing policies and guidance relating to the Federal service labormanagement relations program. In addition, it determines the appropriateness of bargaining units, supervises or conducts representation elections, and prescribes criteria and resolves issues relating to the granting of consultation rights to labor organizations with respect to internal agency policies and governmentwide rules and regulations. It also resolves negotiability

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disputes, unfair labor practice

procedures, including factfinding and complaints, and exceptions to arbitration recommendations, it considers awards. The Chair of the Authority appropriate. If the parties do not arrive at serves as the chief executive and

a settlement after assistance by the administrative officer.

Panel, the Panel may hold hearings and The General Counsel of the Authority take whatever action is necessary to investigates alleged unfair labor

resolve the impasse. practices, files and prosecutes unfair labor practice complaints before the

The Foreign Service Labor Relations Authority, and exercises such other

Board and the Foreign Service Impasse powers as the Authority may prescribe.

Disputes Panel administer provisions of The Federal Service impasses Panel,

chapter 2 of the Foreign Service Act of an entity within the Authority, is

1980 (22 U.S.C. 3921), concerning assigned the function of providing labor-management relations. This assistance in resolving negotiation chapter establishes a statutory laborimpasses between agencies and unions. management relations program for After investigating an impasse, the Panel Foreign Service employees of the U.S. can either recommend procedures to the Government. Administrative and staff parties for the resolution of the impasse support is provided by the Federal Labor or assist the parties in resolving the Relations Authority and the Federal impasse through whatever methods and Service Impasses Panel.

Regional Offices Federal Labor Relations Authority

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For further information, contact the Director of Information Resources and Research Services, Federal Labor Relations Authority, 607 Fourteenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20424_0001. Phone, 202-4826550.

FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION 800 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC 20573-0001 Phone, 202-523-5707

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The Federal Maritime Commission regulates the waterborne foreign commerce of the United States, ensures that U.S. international trade is open to all nations on fair and equitable terms, and protects against unauthorized, concerted activity in the waterborne commerce of the United States. This is accomplished through maintaining surveillance over steamship conferences and common carriers by water; ensuring that only the rates on file with the Commission are charged; reviewing agreements between persons subject to the Shipping Act of 1984; guaranteeing equal treatment to shippers, carriers, and other persons subject to the shipping statutes; and ensuring that adequate levels of financial responsibility are maintained for indemnification of passengers.

The Federal Maritime Commission was
established by Reorganization Plan No.
7 of 1961 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective
August 12, 1961. It is an independent
agency that regulates shipping under the
following statutes: the Shipping Act of
1984 (46 U.S.C. app. 1701-1720); the
Merchant Marine Act, 1920 (46 U.S.C.
app. 861 et seq.); the Foreign Shipping
Practices Act of 1988 (46 U.S.C. app.
1710a); the Merchant Marine Act, 1936
(46 U.S.C. app. 1101 et seq.); and
certain provisions of the act of
November 6, 1966 (46 U.S.C. app.
817(d) and 817(e)).

Activities
Agreements The Commission reviews
for legal sufficiency agreements filed
under section 5 of the Shipping Act of
1984 (46 U.S.C. app. 1704), including
conference, interconference, and
cooperative working agreements among
common carriers, terminal operators,
and other persons subject to the shipping
statutes. It also monitors activities under
all effective (1984 act) or approved
(1916 act) agreements for compliance
with the provisions of law and its rules,
orders, and regulations.
Tariffs The Commission accepts or
rejects tariff filings, including filings

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